DUI crackdown in county results in 144 arrests
Next ‘Avoid the 13’ effort will be Super Bowl weekend
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By Dave Williams  January 4, 2013 12:00 am


Sonoma County law enforcement agencies have wrapped up the 2012-13 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking drivers with 144 arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The arrest were the result of heightened efforts by the “Avoid the 13” task force. Avoid the 13 represents the number of law enforcement agencies throughout Sonoma County.

The crackdown included sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols and routine patrol in the county for 19 days beginning Dec. 14, 2012 and ending at midnight on Jan. 1. The 144 arrests represents a drop from the 2011-12 campaign, where 163 arrests. Most importantly, there were no deaths attributed to drunk driving in the county.

Last year, there was one alcohol-related death. In the 2012-13 crackdown, there were six injuries as the result of five alcohol-related collisions. Last year, there were six injuries as the result of six collisions.

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid the 13 DUI operations throughout the county and region. The next will be during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St Patrick’s Day Festivities in March. 

Police, the Sheriff’s office and the CHP will continue to encourage all motorists to help law enforcement every day by reporting drunk drivers. Motorists should call 911 anytime they encounter an impaired driver.

Petaluma Police Dept. Sgt. Ken Savano says “DUI checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”

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